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Autumn is the best season for job hunting

By Bill at October 03, 2019 21:45
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features
In the US, recruiting and hiring is year round. However, the busiest hiring season is the fall(Labor Day through Thanksgiving). Job seekers who make contact right at the start of these cycles have the best chance of being hired!

In September, decision makers are back from summer vacation. Hiring managers push for an increase to take advantage of remaining budget for the year. If they don't hire before January, they might lose the allocated funds for new employees. CEOs also try to reduce operating profits by incurring search fees towards the end of each year, to avoid paying taxes!

The slowest season for hiring and job hunting are the holiday season(Thanksgiving through New Year's) and summertime (Memorial Day through mid-August). That's why the employers want to get new recruits in before December.

The U.S. job market is still very strong. The pace of layoffs and the unemployment rate remain near a 50-year low. Anyway, now is the best time to start job search, take actions now!
  1. Conduct a self-assessment to determine skills and talents, then update your career profile.
  2. Use real time H1B database to conduct market research, and identify employers in need of your skills and talents.
  3. Craft an industry-specific resume and cover letter, and upload them to job candidate database.
  4. Utilize Resume Blasting Service to pitch large number of employers.
  5. Negotiate and evaluate job offers by researching how similar H1B jobs are paid.


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DOL released confidential employer information for the first time

By Bill at August 21, 2019 16:59
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features

Information technology staffing and consulting companies are heavy users of the H-1B visa program, but the names of companies where they place those foreign workers have always been confidential.

Not any more!

The Labor Department, for the first time, has begun publishing the names of companies where H-1B holders are working, even if they're employed by another company that provides staffing or consulting services.

For example, we can learn from following LCA link that Deloitte Consulting LLP filed the Labor Condition Applicaiton(LCA), but the foreign workers actually would work at Apple's headquarter at Sunnyvale, CA(check Section F: Employment and Wage Information).

https://www.myvisajobs.com/H1B-Visa/LCA.aspx?ID=7106718

This information is very helpful to job seekers, especially foreign workers. While our technical team is analyzing the data, and adding summary to sponsor profile, you can search or browser our current H-1B database to find our the real employers by yourself.

Anyway, summer is almost over, it is time for you to update your career profile and pitch potential employers now!

H-1B Visa Approval and Denial History for Every Employer Released

By Bill at April 13, 2019 01:45
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features

We have just obtained from USCIS 10 year H-1B Visa approval and denial history(2009-2019) and published on our website. This is the first time U.S. government releases such data.

The database includes nearly 510,000 approvals and 41,000 denial for over 170,000 employers. While we are still analyzing and integrating the data, we believe it is very important for our users to have access to the data right away.

Many employers, including some top visa sponsors had large numbers of H-1B visa denials in recent years. Please use following link to search the data now!

http://www.myvisajobs.com/H1B-Visa/ADHistory.aspx

We are working hard on developing more reports and integrate the data into employer profiles. We also will update the data at least once every quarter.  

H-1B Visa Application Process: Step by Step

By Bill at April 13, 2019 01:44
Filed Under: Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge

USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions that are subject to the FY 2020 cap on April 1, 2019. The H-1B application process entails the following steps. For more information, please visit our Visa Knowledge library.

  1. Employer Submits LCA to DOL for certification.
    The employer must apply for and receive Department of Labor(DOL) certification of an Labor Certification Application(LCA). more info
  2. Employer Submits Completed Form I-129 to USCIS.
    The employer should file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, with the correct USCIS Service Center. The DOL-certified LCA must be submitted with the Form I-129. more info
  3. Prospective Workers Outside the United States Apply for Visa and/or Admission.
    Once the Form I-129 petition has been approved, the prospective H-1B worker who is outside the United States may apply with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad for an H-1B visa (if a visa is required). Regardless of whether a visa is required, the prospective H-1B worker must then apply to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for admission to the United States in H-1B classification.

H-1B season has begun, please use following links to search potential job opportunities and pitch employers directly.

U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, even in holiday seasons. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.     

How to Ensure You Properly File Your H-1B Cap-Subject Petition

By Bill at March 26, 2019 22:17
Filed Under: Tips and Features

USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions that are subject to the FY 2020 cap on April 1, 2019. Please check here to see the new rule that will go into effect on April 1.

It is your responsibility to ensure that Form I-129 is completed accurately and submitted properly. Please follow these steps to ensure your attorney or your employer properly file your H-1B cap-subject petition:

  1. Complete all sections of the Form I-129 petition, including the H Classification Supplement and the H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement.
  2. Make sure each form has an original signature, preferably in black ink. Ensure all signatures comply with Policy Memorandum.
  3. Include signed checks or money orders with the correct fee amount. Please submit separate checks for each fee associated with the filing.
  4. Submit all required documentation and evidence with the petition at the time of filing to ensure timely processing.
  5. Ensure that the Labor Condition Application (LCA) properly corresponds to the position in your petition.
  6. You must file the petition with the correct USCIS service center. Read more on Where to Mail Your H-1B Cap-Subject Petition.

Please also check additional documents required with your petition:

  1. Signed, certified Department of Labor LCA (ETA 9035), copy acceptable.
  2. Evidence of Beneficiary's Educational Background(with English translations when applicable).
  3. A Copy of the H-1B Petition, if the beneficiary will be applying for a nonimmigrant visa abroad

U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, even in holiday seasons. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.     

Top 10 reasons for H-1B RFE-Request for Evidence

By Bill at March 11, 2019 18:08
Filed Under: Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge

A H-1B RFE(Request for Evidence) is an inquiry by the USCIS in order to request additional proof necessary to make a decisions pertaining to your H-1B petition. It can be for information about either the worker or the employer, or both, since USCIS must have proof of a valid employer-employee relationship.

From the time you receive the RFE through mail or email, you have 90 days to submit the appropriate documents and you should take great care to ensure that you are thorough in answering all inquiries.

Following are the top 10 reasons why USCIS may issue an RFE, in order from most to least common, that RFEs were issued in fiscal year 2018 for H-1B petitions. read detailed explanation.

1. Specialty Occupation
2. Employer-Employee Relationship
3. Availability of Work (Off-Site Work Cases)
4. Beneficiary Qualification
5. Maintenance of Status
6. Availability of Work (In-House Work Cases)
7. LCA Corresponds to Petition
8. AC 21 and 6-Year Limit
9. Itinerary
10. Fee

For more information about H-1B Visa REF, please read USCIS document: Understanding Requests for Evidence (RFEs): A Breakdown of Why RFEs Were Issued for H-1B Petitions in Fiscal Year 2018

U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, even in holiday seasons. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.     

How to Get Your H1-B Visa Petition Approved

By Bill at October 20, 2018 02:40
Filed Under: Tips and Features
In fiscal year 2017, USCIS approved nearly 385,000 H-1B visa petitions and denied about 83,000. Following are the most common reasons for the denials of those petitions, please read carefully and check employer LCA denial history.

  1. The employer does not appear to be a real, established, operating U.S. company with the capacity to hire and pay an H-1B worker. The employer has to provide documentation, such as a tax identification number, tax returns or financial statements. Website printouts, brochures, photographs of the employer's premises, and any licenses or stock certificates will also helpful.
  2. The employer fails to establish that an employer-employee relationship exists. The relationship must continue to exist with the beneficiary throughout the duration of the requested H-1B validity period. read more about employer-employee relationship
  3. The foreign worker does not have the required education or experience. H-1B occupations usually require the attainment of a bachelor degree or its equivalent in order to enter the profession. Many jobs also require other qualifications such as previous training and work experience. Professional jobs may also require state-issued licenses and professional degrees. read more about H-1B requirements
  4. The offered employment does not meet the "specialized knowledge" requirement. The H-1B visa is designed to be used for foreign workers in "speciality occupations", which require theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge in a field of human endeavor. read more about H-1B occupations
Before the H-1B petition can be filed with USCIS, the employer must fill a Labor Condition Application(LCA) with the Department of Labor. Please use following link to search denied applications:

http://www.myvisajobs.com/H1B-Visa/SearchLCA.aspx

It is autumn, time for you to update your career profile and pitch potential employers!



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This fall might be the best time to look for a job

By Bill at September 13, 2018 03:56
Filed Under: Tips and Features

In the US, recruiting and hiring is year round. However, the busiest hiring season is the fall(Labor Day through Thanksgiving). Job seekers who make contact right at the start of these cycles have the best chance of being hired! 


In September, decision makers are back from summer vacation. Hiring managers push for an increase to take advantage of remaining budget for the year. If they don't hire before January, they might lose the allocated funds for new employees. CEOs also try to reduce operating profits by incurring search fees towards the end of each year, to avoid paying taxes!

The slowest season for hiring and job hunting are the holiday season(Thanksgiving through New Year's) and summertime (Memorial Day through mid-August). That's why the employers want to get new recruits in before December.

In August 2018, the U.S. economy added a strong 201,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate stayed at 3.9 percent, near an 18-year low,

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.0 percent), adult women (4.0 percent), teenagers (13.2 percent), Whites (3.8 percent), Blacks (7.4 percent), Asians (3.8 percent), and Hispanics (5.1 percent) showed little or no change in July.

Economy growth reached 4.2% at an annual rate in the April-June quarter, the fastest pace in four years. Average hourly pay jumped 0.4% in August and increased 2.9% compared with a year earlier. That's the fastest annual gain since June 2009!

Anyway, now is the best time to start job search, take actions now!
  1. Conduct a self-assessment to determine skills and talents, then update your career profile.
  2. Use real time H1B database to conduct market research, and identify employers in need of your skills and talents.
  3. Craft an industry-specific resume and cover letter, and upload them to job candidate database.
  4. Utilize Resume Blasting Service and Smart Apply Service to pitch large number of employers.
  5. Negotiate and evaluate job offers by researching how similar H1B jobs are paid.



Not all jobs are created equal!
http://www.myvisajobs.com

H1-B Visa Cap Exempt Employers

By Bill at July 12, 2018 17:17
Filed Under: Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge
USCIS has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year 2019 on April 6,2018. However, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.

Petitions for new H-1B employment are exempt from the annual cap if the beneficiaries will work at Petitions filed on behalf of current or former H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap, and who still retain their cap number, also do not count toward the cap. Accordingly, USCIS will continue to process fiscal year 2018 and 2019 petitions filed to:
  • Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States.
  • Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers.
  • Allow current H-1B workers to change employers.
  • Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.
  • Allow recapture of the time that H-1B workers spent outside the U.S.
  • Change status back to H-1B from other status like H-4 or F-1.
Based on above cap exempt criteria, myvisajobs.com has improved its search function of H1B visa database. Please use following links to search cap exempt employers and H1B visa petitions.




H-1B Visa Filing Checklist

By Bill at March 05, 2018 16:19
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features
U.S. employers are expected to file nearly 180,000 petitions during the first week of April when USCIS begins accepting cap subject H-1B petitions on April 2, 2018.

USCIS has developed detailed information, including an optional checklist, Form M-735, Optional Checklist for Form I-129 H-1B Filings, on how to complete and submit an H-1B petition. Please review carefully.

Cases will be considered accepted on the date USCIS takes possession of a properly filed petition with the correct fee.

Following are more tips and knowledge about H-1B petition: It is time for you to update your career profile and pitch potential employers now!



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